I had no idea I’d written so many notes for what has now become my project for Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve been typing them up into some semblance of order over the last few days and there are thousands of ’em. Bearing in mind this is a story that started life as a badly-drawn comic and was reduced to a single handwritten page from an A5 exercise book in 1985, it’s grown into a monster. Perhaps even the abomination that ate the colossus that ate the monster. I’m almost done now. If it weren’t for the fact that the notes are largely comprised of drivel, random words and sentence fragments, the word count would make it a hefty novelette.
I’ve noticed two things about the way I write and the typing up process.
I don’t write in any kind of order. It’s obvious that I attempt to but when ideas strike me, rather than going back and putting them where they belong, I just write them in the next available space. This has made it a nightmare to type up. I really need a writing program to organise myself. It’s about time I stopped being such a Luddite and embraced the things that will make my writing life a little easier. I won’t love my biros any less, I promise.
The other is that my arms really ache when I’m typing, in a way that they don’t when I write. I’ve typed about 4000 words today and I feel like my arms have died. Writing by hand doesn’t feel like this and I don’t want my word count to suffer, so I’m going to have to find a way to balance this out.
If anyone has any ideas on how I can do this, I’d be grateful.